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Have high blood pressure, cholestrol and black stool. Suffer trouble with bowels. What are the early symptoms of Colon Cancer?

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What are the early symptoms of Colon Cancer?
Posted Fri, 27 Sep 2013 in Cancer
Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga 1 hour later
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Thank you for sending your question.

This is a very difficult question to answer. Most of the time early: cancer has no symptoms at all. Sometimes there can be changes in stool habits. This includes more frequent stools or sometimes constipation. Sometimes there may be a change in the caliber of stool as well.

If there is some bleeding this is also suspicious and is one reason why we would request a colonoscopy.

Lastly unexplained weight loss is always a concern regarding any type of cancer.

If you suspect there may be something going on I would recommend that you discuss this with your primary care provider and obtain a referral to see a specialist who could consider performing a colonoscopy for screening purposes.

Thanks again for sending your question.

Dr. Galamaga
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